Nurse admits stealing body parts of dead

Hip replacement

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Stealing body parts from the dead is a growing business in the medical field and it’s affiliated industries; coroners, funeral home, hospital morgue to name a few, even dentist have been found to trade in stolen teeth and facial bone.

The laundry list of body parts and the price they bring on the black market is astounding. An eye can bring $5,000; heart $60,000, kidney $20.000, lung $20,000. And in great demand, according to published reports a healthy liver can bring $40,000.

Your dead body may be worth a fortune in spare parts.

Compared to an automobile “grave yard”, the morgue has become a treasure-trove of body parts for the lucrative international business.  So much, in fact that this nurse risked her career to steal limbs,

Are you or someone you know preparing for a knee or hip replacement?  Ask questions; where do the replacement parts come from?  Are they cadaver parts?  Do you have a certification  they are not diseased? are some of the questions for the surgeon.

The following 2008 story makes ones hair up.

Nurse admits stealing body parts of dead.

“PHILADELPHIA — A nurse admitted Wednesday he cut body parts from 244 corpses and helped forge paperwork so the parts, some of them diseased, could be used in unsuspecting patients.

Several funeral directors have pleaded guilty in New York, and the accused ringleader Michael Mastromarino, 44, is being held in the case. Three funeral directors in Philadelphia have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

Authorities say nurse Lee Cruceta was the lead cutter in a group that trafficked in more than 1,000 stolen body parts for the lucrative transplant market.”

This story is from 2008 Associated Press, but the growing demand for replacement hips, knees, skin for burn victims has created a lucrative business.

It is time that strong laws protect families of the deceased who expect the people they trust to care for  their loved one to be ethical professionals just to discover most states have no laws to stop this illegal activity.  Those that do have laws to protect the deceased fail to enforce them



11 responses to this post.

  1. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to
    make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about,
    why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?



    • Thank you for visiting Justice for Raymond site and referring to Nurse admits stealing body parts of dead. It is much worse than just this one incident. I continually research and report on this criminal, corrupt under the carpet business. Very little is discovered until after the fact since coroners do not have to disclose and funeral directors cooperate to keep this secret from the grieving family.

      On the web site is more information and other stories of malpractice by these rogue politicians.

      Again, thank you. I visited your site, you are doing a good service to the public.



  2. I like this post, enjoyed this one thankyou for putting up.



  3. Posted by arkansastruthseeker on September 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Dr. Michael Berkland, Ex-Medical Examiner Arrested For Allegedly Keeping Body Parts In Florida Storage Locker



    • Florida seems to be head the list on doctors who commit crimes against the public and are forgiven. But, this is above all crime – I read one report that said he may not have broken any law…what about desecretion of corpse? No family would agree to having their loved one treated this way – even if they were dead.



  4. I renewed my driver’s license today at the MVA. I was asked if I wanted to be an organ donor. I said, “Absolutely not!” and held back from adding, “They’ll just take what they want anyhow.” I think the poor guy behind the counter was wondering what kind of drugs I was on. And then I thought, “That’s exactly how this stuff gets swept under the rug. It’s so incredible that it’s unbelievable, and if you believe it, you must be flippin’ loony!!” I’ll take crazy over ignorant any day. 🙂



    • I agree totally. Never did agree to donor status on anything, this is a good indication of why. There MUST be some way to make body handlers accountable. More on this…..



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